Impact Location Has On Veteran Career Prospects

Impact Location Has On Veteran Career Prospects

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As you may have seen, we recently posted a few articles detailing the best locations for veterans to live in 2014. The full article by Susan Adams entitled “The Best Places For Veterans 2014” can be found on the Forbes web site. Ms. Adams’s article is based on a set of lists recently released by USAA, a San Antonio financial services company that mainly serves military members and their families. USAA released a total of three lists consisting of top locations for military members just “Starting Out,” in “Mid- Career,” and entering “Military Retirement.” Since a large majority of military members are just “Starting Out,” Ms. Adams focuses her article on this population, but all three lists can be found on the USAA web site.

In order to be considered for the “Starting Out” list, a metro area needed to sit favorably in relation to the national averages for unemployment rate, median cost of living, and violent crime rate. If an area made the cut, it was then evaluated on number of military skills jobs, recent job growth, population growth, health resources, presence of colleges and universities, colleges’ presence on the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges for Veterans list, GI Bill enrollment, and certification/license reciprocity. Ms. Adams believes unemployment rate is a key factor to look at since the post-9/11 unemployment rates for veterans are somewhat daunting, especially for younger veterans in the 18-24 age group.

Again, Pittsburgh, PA, is deemed “the most promising place for a veteran to live after leaving the service” on the “Starting Out” list. The Pittsburgh metro area of roughly 2.4 million has been able to continue growing while maintaining a fairly affordable cost of living. While it does not have a major defense contractor or military base in its midst, it does have a number of veteran-friendly employers including Alcoa, Heinz, FedEx, PNC Bank, and Wellpoint. Additionally, from an educational standpoint, it has a number of offerings including Carnegie Mellon, Duquesne, University of Pittsburgh, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Other metro areas that made the list include Austin, Texas, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

While determining a veteran-friendly location can be beneficial, we wanted to point out that finding a job that’s conducive to your skills and interests can lead to long-term success in any location that you’re happy.  

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